Real Food Adventure - Italy Trip Notes

Real Food Adventure - Italy

Last Modified: 26 May 2016
Real Food Adventure - Italy
Trip code: ZMZB
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Rome to Venice via San Gimignano and Bologna.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationFinish point
ThemesAccommodation NotesFinish point description
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionFinishing point instructions
Why we love itMealsEmergency contact
MapTransportVisas
ItineraryMoney mattersWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderHealth
Physical ratingSafetyTravel insurance
Included activitiesJoining pointA couple of rules
Group sizeJoining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Your fellow travellersJoining point instructionsFeedback
Style
Original
Themes
Food
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
- There is some walking involved for the orientation tours in Rome and Venice, as well as to and from hotels. An average level of fitness is required. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and easily transportable luggage (perhaps a backpack rather than a heavy suitcase) are recommended.
- The walk along the Via Francigena is about 7 kilometres. The terrain is nice and easy though.
- Italian summers can get quite hot, so bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen if you're here during the warmer months.
Why we love it
- Italy is a foodie's paradise, but as a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Your local leaders will give you an insider's guide to this epicurean wonderland
- This trip takes in some of the titans of regional Italian cuisine – Rome (Lazio region), Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Venice
- Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic acetaia is a revelation – it'll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this
- A farmstay in Tuscany gives you an insider's glimpse of wine and olive production in this iconic region
- Had too much of the good life? Shake things up by walking part of the pilgrim's route, the glorious Via Francigena
- With hands-on cooking classes led by local masters, you'll learn to roll pasta like a pro, and prepare an authentic tagliatelle al ragu in the city where it all started
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Rome
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at late afternoon on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Get a feel for this gastronomic gateway to Italian cuisine, with its multitude of restaurants and trattorias catering to all tastes and budgets. Perhaps pop into a Roman bar before dinner tonight. The aperitivo hour falls just before dinner and is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day (prosecco is a local favourite). Enjoy your drink with stuzzichini (bite-size snacks).
Included Activities
  • Rome - Welcome aperitivo and stuzzichini
    Optional Activities
    • Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
    • Christian catacombs - EUR8
    • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
    • Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
    • Galleria Borghese - EUR15
    • Vatican museums - EUR16
    • Pantheon - Free
    • St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
    • Venezia Palace - EUR5
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 2 Rome
      Start your first full day with a coffee, the most important drink in Rome. You may just pick up a tip or two from the coffee roaster himself. Next you'll head to a bakery owned by Rome's 'Michelangelo of pizza', Gabriele Bonci, for a degustation of focaccia and other specialty Italian breads. Then check out one of the city's oldest food markets, where pasta-making and other traditional culinary crafts are regularly on display. Chat to local stall holders and sample seasonal produce. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration. Check out some of the city's cultural icons, perhaps the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, The Vatican or the Pantheon. Or simply pull up a chair at a cafe and watch the world go by.
      Included Activities
      • Rome - City Food Tour
        Accommodation
        Hotel (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast
        Day 3 San Gimignano
        Travel by train (approximately 2 hours) to the village of Pancole, located in the heart of Tuscany between Florence and Siena. You will stay in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse. Located about 7kms from the enchanting village of San Gimignano, the farmhouse is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees from which the family has been producing excellent wine and olive oil by organic methods for over fifty years. Enjoy a guided walk through the vineyards and cellars of the estate, followed by a tasting of some signature Tuscan wines. The wine tasting will be accompanied by some delicious cheeses, oilve oil and bruschetta. This is a beautiful part of Italy, filled with hill towns, grapevines, wild herbs and olive groves. The region is renowned for a cuisine that celebrates simplicity and the bounty of locally grown produce in hearty, rustic dishes. Pecorino cheese, farro (an ancient grain) and artisanal cured meats like lardo di Colonnata are just some of the many local ingredients you can expect to indulge in during your stay.
        Included Activities
        • Agriturismo - Wine Tour and Tasting
          Accommodation
          Farmstay (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 4 San Gimignano
          Take a guided walk (approximately 1.5 hours; 7 kilometres) along a portion of the Via Francigena, the major pilgrimage route to Rome during the Middle Ages, then explore the medieval walled town of San Gimignano. The walk is on easy terrain. San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is often called the 'Town of Fine Towers' due to the preservation of a number of impressive 'torre' or tower houses within its walls. The town is also known for its white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the surrounding sandstone hillsides. Spend the rest of your time exploring the walking paths around the farm or simply relaxing by the pool, enjoying beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside.
          Included Activities
          • San Gimignano - Orientation Walk and Town Tour
            Optional Activities
            • San Gimignano - Wine Museum - EUR6
            • San Gimignano - Olive Oil tasting - EUR10
              Accommodation
              Farmstay (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 dinner
              Day 5 Bologna
              Travel to Bologna by train (approximately 3.5 hours). Bologna's culinary claim to fame is a significant one, thanks to the ragu alla bolognese. Home of tagliatelle, mortadella and a range of other cured meats and salamis, Bologna, along with the surrounding Emilia Romagna region, is a bonafide food mecca. Settle into your room and then perhaps get out and acquaint yourself with this city of beautiful old terracotta buildings and lively streets. Later in the day you'll discover the 'real food' of Bologna, with a hands on-cooking class in ther fine art of pasta-making. Feast on your creations over dinner.
              Included Activities
              • Bologna - pasta-making class including dinner
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                Day 6 Bologna
                Enjoy a day trip to discover the flavours of the renowned Emilia Romagna region. Visit a factory dedicated to the production of one of Italy's most coveted culinary exports – the mighty Parmigiano Reggiano. Get an insight into how this cheese is made, then enjoy a tasting. Continue to the town of Modena (approximately 1 hour) and visit an acetaia, a house where the family produce fine aged Modena balsamic vinegar in the attic. You'll see how the vinegar is aged in barrels made from different woods, and is never less than 12 years old (often well over 25). Taste it and learn the difference between the real stuff and the mass-produced kind. Take some time strolling around this delightful town (which certainly doesn't feel touristy) and admire the Palazzo Ducale. Perhaps sample some of the town's other specialties: prosciutto, tortellini, or, for the adventurous, zampone (stuffed pig's trotter). Lambrusco, the town's famed sparkling red, makes for a fine accompaniment. Ask your leader about the great local specialty panini shop in the market. Your day concludes with a tour of a gelato museum, followed by a demonstration and tasting.
                Included Activities
                • Modena - Acetaia Visit
                • Modena - Day Trip
                • Bologna - Gelato Museum visit including gelato making
                  Accommodation
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 7 Venice
                  Take the train up to Venice (approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes). There are two ways to explore this famed canal city – by boat or on foot. You'll wander the romantic streets on an orientation walking tour of some of the city’s artisanal food shops and providores. Take this chance to meet some of the local shop owners – a number have been part of the Venetian food scene for decades. Venice's distinctive culinary heritage goes back to ancient times and features rich risottos, saline baccala (salted cod) and creamy polenta. You'll explore the narrow cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas and cross the tiny bridges to find shops, markets, galleries, churches and stunning buildings. Stroll past St Mark’s Square, the Campanile and the Doges Palace. Cross the Rialto and admire the Bridge of Sighs before catching a vaporetto back to the hotel.
                  Included Activities
                  • Venice - City Orienation Walking Tour
                  • Venice - Cicchetti Crawl
                    Optional Activities
                    • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
                    • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR18
                    • Glass Museum Murano - EUR10
                    • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
                    • Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR5
                    • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
                    • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
                    • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
                    • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR8
                    • Concerto - EUR32
                    • San Giorgio Bell Tower in Venice - EUR6
                    • Gondola Ride - EUR80
                    • Venice Traghetto Ride - EUR2
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                      Day 8 Venice
                      It's an early start today. Walk down to the canals and watch farmers unload their produce from canal boats, ready to be sold at Venice's famous Rialto markets. This tradition is more than 1,000 years old. Next, swing past the fish market, where the catch of the day might come direct from the Venetian lagoon, the enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea in which the city of Venice is situated. Finish with a market breakfast alongside the traders. Your adventure comes to an end by 11 am.
                      Included Activities
                      • Venice - Rialto market walk
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast
                        Itinerary disclaimer
                        ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                        Physical rating

                        Included activities
                        Rome - Welcome aperitivo and stuzzichini
                        Rome - City Food Tour
                        Agriturismo - Wine Tour and Tasting
                        San Gimignano - Orientation Walk and Town Tour
                        Bologna - pasta-making class including dinner
                        Modena - Acetaia Visit
                        Modena - Day Trip
                        Bologna - Gelato Museum visit including gelato making
                        Venice - City Orienation Walking Tour
                        Venice - Cicchetti Crawl
                        Venice - Rialto market walk
                        Group size
                        Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                        Your fellow travellers
                        GROUP TRAVEL
                        As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                        SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                        Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

                        A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
                        The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for those nights:
                        Days 3 - 4: San Gimignano
                        Accommodation
                        Farmstay (2nt), Hotel (5nt)
                        OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
                        The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                        TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
                        Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

                        CHECK-IN TIME
                        Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                        PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
                        If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
                        Meals introduction
                        While we will endeavour to cater to dietary requirements where possible, please note that many meals and food activities on Real Food Adventures are set in advance in order to deliver a well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. In many countries, dietary restrictions are uncommon and not well understood. If you have dietary requirements and are concerned about whether this may impact on your ability to participate fully in all food-related activities on this trip, please contact your agent at time of booking for further information. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, you must notify your booking agent prior to departure so it can be determined whether your dietary requirements can be met.
                        Meals
                        7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
                        Transport
                        Bus, Metro, Private minibus, Train

                        TRANSPORT IN EUROPE
                        Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
                        Money matters
                        SPENDING MONEY
                        When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                        The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.

                        The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.

                        You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

                        When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.

                        Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.

                        You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change Travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.

                        For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.

                        TIPPING
                        If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                        All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

                        EMERGENCY FUNDS
                        Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                        Group leader
                        All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. You can expect your Intrepid Food Adventures group leader to be passionate about the local food scene and keen to share their insider knowledge on the best authentic local food and drink experiences throughout your trip.

                        Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
                        Safety
                        Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                        We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                        Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                        For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety

                        FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                        Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                        TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                        Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                        PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                        While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                        VENICE GONDOLAS
                        Please note, life jackets are not provided on Gondolas in Venice.
                        Joining point
                        Hotel Stella
                        Via Castelfidardo, 51
                        Rome
                        ITALY
                        Phone: +39 064441078
                        Joining point description
                        Hotel Stella is centrally located near Termini Station and the biggest park in Rome, Villa Borghese. The hotel is a former 19th century mansion. All rooms have private facilities, air conditioning, room safe, TV and hairdrier.
                        www.hotelstellaroma.it/en
                        During your stay in Rome you may be asked to complete a City of Rome visitor tax exemption form.
                        Joining point instructions
                        Hotel Stella Rome is located within walking distance of Central Station, 'Roma Termini'.

                        From the Fiumicino Airport, you can follow the signs from the arrival hall to the train station in order to catch the 'Leonardo Express' - the direct Fiumicino-Stazione Termini train costs around EUR15. For those coming from the Ciampino airport, TERRAVISION operates a bus link from Ciampino to Termini Station, this costs EUR8 one way.

                        Exit Termini train station on the right side, take via Marsala, a street adjacent the station. Take the first street on your right, via Solferino. Enter piazza Indipendenza. At the end of it on the left you will find via Castelfidardo, hotel Stella is at number 51.

                        For those not wishing to walk, then a short taxi ride would be suitable from Termini station.

                        Pre booked arrival transfer from the airport: If you have pre booked an arrival transfer, your transfer driver will be holding a board with the Intrepid Logo or your name at the arrivals hall., in front of the airport's exit doors. In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number:+39 335 568 5666.
                        Finish point
                        Alloggi Gerotto Calderan
                        Campo S. Geremia 283
                        Venice
                        ITALY
                        Phone: 39 041 715562
                        Finish point description
                        The official name for the starting point property is the 'Hotel San Geremia & Alloggi Gerotto Calderan' due to an unusual set up where several guesthouses are in located in the same vicinity. Reception is in the Hotel San Geremia and you'll be allocated your rooms in Alloggi Gerotto Calderan, which has a number of renovated rooms. Rooms here are compact and in Venetian style and wifi is available. The hotel looks out over quaint San Geremia Square.
                        Finishing point instructions
                        For departure by train :
                        Alloggi Gerotto Calderan is within 6 minutes walk of Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station (off Piazzale Roma), your group leader will offer directions.

                        For departure by air:
                        The best way to get to Venice Marco Polo Airport is the ATVO (blue) bus which costs around EUR4 and takes 20 minutes from Piazzale Roma (7 minutes walk from Hotel Villa Rosa). To get to Treviso Airport you can also catch an ATVO (blue) bus. Cost is around EUR5 and it takes approximately 75 minutes from Piazzale Roma.

                        If you have pre-booked a departure transfer:
                        You will need to make your own way from the hotel to Piazzale Roma. Where your driver will meet you 3 hours before your flight departure time and will be waiting at the end of the white taxi line where the limo service area NCC is located.
                        Maximum waiting time: 30 minutes from the expected time of pick up.
                        In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone numbers +39 3334112840 or +39 3382044390
                        Emergency contact
                        While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                        We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                        You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                        In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on the number listed below:

                        For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                        PEAK Marrakech: +49 867 791 866 57
                        Visas
                        Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                        EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):
                        Australia: No - Not required
                        Belgium: No - Not required
                        Canada: No - Not required
                        Germany: No - Not required
                        Ireland: No - Not required
                        Netherlands: No - Not required
                        New Zealand: No - Not required
                        South Africa: Yes - in advance
                        Switzerland: No - Not required
                        UK: No - Not required
                        USA: No - Not required
                        What to take
                        PACKING
                        On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.

                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf
                        Health
                        All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                        You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
                        Travel insurance
                        Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                        When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                        If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                        A couple of rules
                        Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                        Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                        The Intrepid Foundation
                        Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                        The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                        http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                        Feedback
                        After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback